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Article posted on Thursday 14 December - 05:33 EST
On paper, Sunday's match-up between the 10-3 New England Patriots and 11-2 Pittsburgh Steelers for top seed and the edge for home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs looks like the game of the week on the NFL slate. In reality, unless the Steelers find a way to compete with the Patriots, recent history would suggest that it doesn't figure to be much of a game.
Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell didn't enjoy being reminded of his Thanksgiving Day success, insisting his team can still be better in their traditional holiday showing. But how can you improve on perfection? The Lions are 3-0 on Thanksgiving Day under Caldwell's tutelage and have won four straight Thanksgiving Day games. Considering they were 1-11 the previous 12 Thanksgivings, you'd have to say that's impressive.
When the division winners were being predicted at the start of the NFL season, a few might have pegged the Minnesota Vikings to have a shot in the NFC North, but it would have been a select few. However, no one was counting the Los Angeles Rams in as an NFC West contender. And yet there they are just past mid-season, on top of their respective divisions and looking legitimate.
Lambeau Field has hardly been a field of dreams for the Detroit Lions. Since the 1992 season, the Lions have won one game there, finally tasting victory in Green Bay in 2015 but overall in that span the Lions are a dismal 1-25 on the road against the Packers. But with Packers QB and Lions killer Aaron Rodgers on the shelf with a broken collarbone, it could be Detroit's time to shine.